Dr. Teagan Wall, PhD is an Emmy-nominated writer, speaker, and science communicator. She has previously written for "Young Sheldon" on CBS, the Netflix original series "Bill Nye Saves the World," and PBS Digital Studio's "Braincraft." In addition to her writing, Teagan has appeared on podcasts such as "Talk Nerdy," "Know Brainer," and "The Connectome," and given talks to various educational groups and professional organizations. She appeared as an expert on Discovery Science's show "How To Build... Everything," the Fox show "Xploration Fab Lab," Comedy Central's "Questionable Science," and Project Alpha's "Fangirling."
Additionally, Wall is a founding member of the Los Angeles based “Nerd Brigade,” a collective of science communicators working to engage the public in scientific storytelling, encourage collaborations between scientists and media, and facilitate events consistent with these goals. Their work includes collaborating with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to host Science Salons as part of the 2015 First Fridays, and to promote exhibits and events.
University of Arizona, 2010
California Institute of Technology, 2015
Dr. Wall attended the University of Arizona from August 2007 through December 2010. In that time, she earned two bachelor's degrees with three majors: Economics, Political Science, and Mathematics focusing on Probability and Statistics. During her undergraduate career, Teagan assisted with research in economic history, behavioral economics, game theory, and decision neuroscience with Dr. Price Fishback, Dr. John Wooders, Dr. Martin Dufwenberg, and Dr. Alan Sanfey.
In September 2011, Teagan began her graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology, or "Caltech". Her research in the Lester Lab focused on the behavioral neuropharmacology of nicotinic compounds. In March 2015, she successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Effects of TI-299423 on Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors."
Teagan was raised in dance studios and theaters by performing art nerds. She started dance lessons at age 2, and is trained in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. As a teenager, Teagan began teaching and choreographing for several age groups, across dance styles. Most recently, she helped choreograph "Boldly Go!" a Star Trek parody musical at Caltech, along with Dr. Crystal Dilworth and Noel Dilworth.
Also at Caltech, Teagan appeared as Elena in "Vavilov's Garden," Mephistopheles in "Faustus, PhD," and "Narrator" in a reading of "Alice Through the Wormhole," all science driven plays presented as part of the Mach 33 festival. She served as crew on "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Rent".